City of Rocks and Castle Rocks Climber's Log

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BKiser90 - Apr 18, 2017 3:02 am

Beautiful   Sucess!

Admittedly, I am not a climber, however, I did scramble up numerous spires while I was there. Great place with amazing history and scenery.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Sep 5, 2014 6:41 pm

What a place! What a rock!

Week at the city...amazing rock climbing destination. Love the area including alma and the local hot springs...
Hoping for many more trips in the future, and will plan to avoid weekends or go to Castle Rocks if not too hot.


TimB - Jan 9, 2012 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jan 6, 2012

Beautiful sunny day!  Sucess!

Had Castle Rock park all to ourselves today.
Incredible views and fantastic weather.
Climbed Big Time and Little Time, 5.7? multi-pitch sport climbs.


TimB - Oct 22, 2011 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

First time rock climbing!  Sucess!

I think I am going to like this sport!
Climbed at Castle Rocks, but no page at SP, so figured this would have to do.
Climbed "Poking holes through the firmament" 5.6 and "Fruit Pie", a 5.8-(according to Mountain Project).
The only question I have is:"when can I do it again?"

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Jun 24, 2011 7:40 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2011

Multiple Routes  Sucess!

Mary and I stopped here as part of a 2-week climbing trip through UT and ID. So many friends had recommended this place, and it didn't disappoint.

May 31, 2011 -- Wheat Thin (5.7), Batwings (5.8), Delay of Game (5.8), Norma's Book (5.5), Scream Cheese (5.9), Swiss Cheese (5.7)

June 1, 2011 -- Columbian Crack (5.7), Rye Crisp (5.8), Skyline (5.8), Funky Bolt (5.9), Coyote Corner (5.8)


asaking11 - Jun 18, 2011 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

"The City"  Sucess!

I just moved to Idaho from New Mexico, and this was my first time climbing in "the city". It was awesome, I love this place, I'm going to have to try to hit it while I'm living nearby.


vanman798 - Sep 8, 2010 5:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010

Great Place  Sucess!

When plans for Sept 10 & 11, 2010 got cancelled, I took the opportunity to head back to The City. This time, day 1, we climbed Jackson's Thumb via the Theater of Shadows route, followed by Parking Lot Rock via Delay of Game, Anteater Rock via Scream Cheese, and Bath Rock via the Cowboy route. Day 2, we climbed Steinfells Dome via Sinocranium, followed by Bumblie Rock via Too Much Fun.

Sept 4, 2010
Climbed the following routes: Raindance, Reservations, Tribal Boundaries, Cruel Shoes, and Skin the Cat. Can't wait to get back to climb more!

Also went over to Castle Rocks State Park and climbed the Big Time Route on the south side of Castle Rock.


cp0915 - Jul 15, 2010 10:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2010

My first visit!  Sucess!

This place is spectacular. I cannot wait to return. Climbed routes on Finger Rock, Elephant Rock and Treasure Rock.


Vinny - May 28, 2010 1:51 pm

fun times  Sucess!

2 visits so far- great place - wild vibe. I love it.


DrGranola - Apr 6, 2010 9:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2006

The best!  Sucess!

Late in the season but we had such a good time. We climbed at the anteater and a few other that I cant recall the names. We also did "big times" on castle rock which is to the north I think. Really want to go back!


junoiceclimber - Apr 17, 2009 2:47 pm

Learning Grounds  Sucess!

One of the best places to visit in the entire state and home to most of my rock excursions. Started my climbing career here in the mid 90s and get back about every 5 years for a visit. I love camping and climbing and not having anything else to worry about for a few days. Water, food, rock, spirit... and how far do you think I have to go to that porta-potty from here?


AJones - Mar 6, 2009 11:24 am

Loved it

A super cool place to go - spent a week there in the early 90s. I climbed:

Nipples & Clits, Bloody Fingers, New Toy, Intruding Dike, A Finer Niner, Something Sporting, Tennish Anyone?, Psycho Driller, Animal Cracker, Expect No Mercy, Pure Pleasure, Terror of Tiny Town, Tow-Away Zone, Just Another Pretty Face, Beauty and the Beast, Hammerhead, Funky Bolt, Thin Slice, Cairo, Delay of Game, Batwings Direct, Skyline, Scream Cheese, Holding Out for a Hero, New York in not the City, Bumble Takes a Tumble, Colossus, Loch ness Monster, Wheat Thin, Just Say Go, The Pygmies got Stoned, Heironimous Bosch, Just Say No, Rye Crisp, Loew Route (now closed), Straight Edge, Holidays in the Sun, Firewater, Quest for Fire, Tribal Boundaries, Reservations
Dynamo Hum, Heat Wave, Vibrator, Live Wire


wyomtman - Oct 31, 2008 5:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2005

Solid  Sucess!

Incredible, some of the best granite I have ever been on, thanks George!

Dave S

Dave S - Jul 7, 2008 2:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Great place!  Sucess!

Spent two days there for my first trip to the City. We lucked out with beautiful weather and few crowds and got in many great routes! Hope to get back for more!!!


LaMusa - Jun 26, 2008 7:07 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2008

City of Rock  Sucess!

This was my first time climbing and it was a lot of fun. Lot's of different ability levels.


Luddite - May 30, 2008 1:24 am

Lived in...

the back of a truck here when I was younger, before it cost $50 for a weekend.


tp - May 14, 2008 9:38 am

So Many Routes So Little Time  Sucess!

Lots of good climbing. I'm trying to find when I can make my next trip there.


Lubos - Jan 3, 2008 10:46 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

Yuppie  Sucess!

Many times and I am looking forward for the next season. Good report and Thanks for attaching my picture.


madjohnbo - Sep 4, 2007 10:58 am

Fun but dusty  Sucess!

City of Rocks is a fun place to spend a weekend. There are climbs for everyone. I've climbed Too Much Fun, a one pitch route that is 150 feet high. That made for some nasty rope drag, but a fun climb. Theater of Shadows is a great intro to multi-pitch.


reboyles - Aug 31, 2007 1:10 pm

Way back in the good old days  Sucess!

I first visited the "City" in '73 and came back later in the mid 70s and did several of the now classic routes. We didn't use bolts back then thus we left no trace of ever having climbed there. It made for some real interesting runouts, yes indeed.

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